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Delhi High Court Impleads Centre, Directs Delhi Govt, Delhi Police To File Status Report On Reopening Of Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz

Shreya Agarwal
24 Feb 2021 3:50 PM GMT
Delhi High Court Impleads Centre, Directs Delhi Govt, Delhi Police To File Status Report On Reopening Of Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz
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Hearing a petition by the Delhi Waqf Board through its Chairman, for the reopening of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz on the Delhi Waqf Board's premises in New Delhi, the Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government and Delhi Police to file their status report and replies to the petition.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared in the matter for the Centre, seeking to be impleaded and...

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Hearing a petition by the Delhi Waqf Board through its Chairman, for the reopening of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz on the Delhi Waqf Board's premises in New Delhi, the Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi Government and Delhi Police to file their status report and replies to the petition.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared in the matter for the Centre, seeking to be impleaded and heard. The court has allowed the impleadment application as well.
The petition states that the central government vide its guidelines for the phased reopening of public places and facilities after the Covid-19 lock down, known as "Guidelines for Unlock 1" dated May 30, 2020 allowed for the reopening of a list of religious places outside containment zones from Jun 8, 2020, yet the Hazrat Nizamuddin area was kept outside the list, as it was said to be in a containment zone. However, even after it was removed from the list of containment zones in Sep 2020, the Waqf property was still locked.
It was submitted that the entire premise of the Markaz was locked by the local police after the registration of an FIR under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 against a congregation at the marqaz.
The marqaz which was locked on the premise of getting the area sanitized, has not remained shut since Mar 31, 2020, the plea elaborated.
The petitioner states that even if the premises is involved in any criminal investigation/trial, "instead of following a primitive method of keeping the entire premises under lock as an 'out of bound area' a modern or scientific method" should be adopted by the Delhi Police and government to ensure minimum interference with religious rights.
The board further said that its representations to the government and police in this regard were unanswered and therefore it was moving this petition, praying for a reassessment of the need for keeping the premises locked, adoption of scientific or advanced methods to secure the condition of interiors of the premises for investigation/ trial purposes, and a direction to the police and government to ensure minimum interference with the operation of the Markaz for religious purposes.
Delhi Waqf Board was represented by Sr. Adv. Ramesh Gupta and Standing Counsel for Delhi Waqf Board, Adv. Wajeeh Shafiq.

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